It’s crazy how quickly the automotive landscape changes. One minute, the mighty 10-seater AUVs are all the rage, then it’s all about entry-level sedans the next. These days? The big sellers are the inexpensive subcompact crossovers that come with all the tech a million pesos can buy.
That said, the utilitarian seven-seaters that dominated the latter part of the 2010s are still here, and still proving to be strong sales drivers for their respective brands. The Mitsubishi Xpander, for example, remained one of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines’ (MMPC) top-selling models last year.
But next to all the plush, tech-loaded models that came in over the past few years, the Xpander is starting to show its age. This MPV—the quintessential successor to the Adventure—that shook the market back in 2018 now appears to be the one playing catch-up. How fast the tables turn, no?
Then again, with the facelifted Xpander on its way, I believe Mitsubishi has no reason to worry. Our brief encounter with it during a recent media preview proved exactly that.